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Passing the Torch of LifeTim King Salem-News.com
Includes new song... The Voice by Ace featuring Ken O'Keefe and Gilad Atzmon....
(SACRAMENTO / BOSTON) - In this life, when confronted with immense hardship, we do our best to form with the changes and preserve our hearts. We know remaining intact on a personal level is essential for the strength of others. We find ourselves suffering yet we move forward, living day by day, and eventually the burden eases. Time does not heal all wounds but it certainly helps mitigate the damage we feel when losing someone close to us.
Selamin Belica did not want fanfare upon his passing, he wanted those who loved him to carry on. One of those people is his beloved son, our writer/author/musician Agron Belica, whose efforts brought forth our own Salem-News.com Newsic Revolution album. The songs address human rights issues that our mainstream media fails to so much as identify.
Hundreds came for Selamin's funeral in Connecticut a few days ago, his brother even traveled from Macedonia. Selamin was known for the help he lent others; a kind and giving man, he was devout and passionate about human rights.
Upon hearing the news of Selamin's passing, Mahmoud Ayoub, Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations at Hartford Seminary and Professor Emeritus, Temple University, wrote,
When Arab-Americans were suffering in the time period following the Sept. 11th attacks, Selamin rallied in favor of his fellow Muslims who received endless harassment and persecution in this period of Islamophobia.
He also believed in Palestine, and longed to see a day when this battered population living under brutal Israeli occupation could emerge onto the world stage with the same rights as others, without Israeli fighter jets and drones endlessly striking civilian targets...
On the subject of Palestine, Siraj Davis, noted activist for Palestinians based in Jordan with Collective Consciousness, wrote these heartfelt words:
Long before living in the United States, Selamin served in the Yugoslavian military. As the photograph shows, his striking figure was distinct and handsome.
A disciplined man in military or civilian life, Selamin Belica succeeded in everything he took on in this difficult life, and his journey to a new life in the USA was a long and arduous one.
There is no question in my mind that Agron's qualities as a concerned human rights activist and journalist and singer/songwriter are directly derived from this great man who lost a long battle with cancer.
I also believe that Selamin is the source of Agron's tremendous strength during this difficult time.
Like a true artist, Agron's reaction to the loss of his father is a fantastic new music video and song that serves as a tribute for Selamin Belica, the man who didn't want too much of a fuss made about him after he died.
Rather than centering the theme around his father, Agron uses the platform to draw attention to the efforts that his father believed in, and the people his father believed in; men like Ken O'Keefe and Gilad Atzmon; two of the strongest and most articulate human rights activists on this planet.
They have long been a part of the Salem-News.com family and so was Selamin Belica. We share the love and the loss and know that the world is a better place because of this well loved man.
Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer
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With almost 25 years of experience on the west coast and worldwide as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor, Tim King is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005.
Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 115 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide.
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